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Time to buy wide! What to buy & why?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by vr6veedub, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Ok everyone time for me to purchase my next lens. I currently own Nikon 24-70 and 50mm 1.8. I am looking for a wide angle zoom for my D300. I will cover the zoom range later with 70-200. I am looking to keep my wide angle purchase under $1000. My criteria would be:

    1. Price first- I have only $1000 to spend
    2. Image quality
    3. Build quality

    I would love to get a general consensus from the great people on this site. Please justify your selection if you could.

    Thanks again everyone
  2. Nikon 12-24?

    But honestly I'm done investing DX. For $1000 not too many high quality Nikkor options, unless you go third-party. You can get some Nikkor primes like a 20mm f/2.8. Sharp lens with great colors. For ultra wide though, you'll have to go DX for under 1k.

    My personal favorite is the Sigma 15-30. It's wide, very sharp, colorful and contrasty. You can also pick one up for dirt cheap and use it on FX if you switch. It has a rounded front lens element. But it's cheaper to destroy one of these instead of a 14-24! Oh and I think it's sharper than the 12-24.
  3. nikon 12-24DX to keep every focal length covered up to 70 (so you can get the 70-200 later, as you said)

    it's a very good lens and the PERFECT wide-angle lens for your DX-based D300
  4. Thanks for the reply Jonathan. At this point I dont mind doing DX. I figure the D300 is going to last for a long time as I am still learning the ropes of the camera and photography in general. If I end up going FX way down the line then I would have to get rid of 1-2 lenses max (looking at 10.5 fish) and I'll hold on to my 24-70 and 70-200.
  5. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the 10.5 DX! My favorite lens, thinking of dumping it for the Nikon 16mm fisheye for FX, but can't decide!
  6. I guess looking through B&H my options would be (in no particular order):

    Nikon 12-24mm
    Tokina 11-16mm
    Tamron 11-18mm
    Sigma 10-20mm

    I guess to make this easier how would you all rate in order and why?
  7. So that 10.5 DX is your favorite. I've only heard good things about that lens. It looks like a lot of fun. Do you have any sample pics you can share. hahaha ok nevermind I'm getting off topic in my own thread lol. Maybe you or I could start a new one or probably just search the archives.
  8. the 12-24 is < $1,000.00

    of the 4, it is the best
    the sigma 10-20 is great, too.... but, the nikon is better
    the tokina and tamron are not as good
  9. A Few Options

    Ultra-wide options have been discussed quite a bit here in the past, so for starters, here are a few good threads to look at if you haven't already.





    If you are comfortable with DX, you probably can't go wrong with the Sigma 10-20, Tokina 12-24, or Nikkor 12-24.

    I started with the Tokina, but received a bad sample and decided on upgrading to the Nikkor since I had the finances to do so. That being said, I've seen some outstanding shots taken with both the Tokina and the Sigma.

    The Nikkor is well built, although not quite as vault like as the Tokina, plus the Tokina has a better feel to it when it comes to manual focus, IMHO. I've been absolutely thrilled with the performance of the Nikkor and I enjoy having the extra reach and constant aperture that the Sigma doesn't offer.

    A couple shots with the Nikon 12-24 DX on a recent trip to New Mexico:
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  10. gadgetguy11


    Nov 16, 2005
    Nikon 12-24 all the way!!

    22mm /f4.0

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    24mm /f6.0

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    12mm /f8.0

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  11. grepmat


    May 5, 2008
    It's not super-wide on DX, but you might consider a lightly used Nikon 17-35 f/2.8.

    It's a stellar lens with superb optical quality and the same sort of build-quality as you are used to with your 24-70 (I have both).

    When you eventually go full-frame (and you know you will), it will remain by your side with all of its great qualities in full-force.

  12. Every single millimeter counts on the wide end. The three I'd suggest are the Nikkor 12-24, Tokina 11-16 and Sigma 10-20. The Tokina is very good and is an f/2.8 constant. If you were hell bent on as wide as possible, I don't think you could go wrong with the Sigma (check for decentering though).

    Photozone's review of all three are pretty much right on.

    11-16 in the Canon mount

    It's stated there that the Tokina is likely the best wide cropper lens available in Canon. That says a lot, since the Canon 10-22 is very, very good.
  13. CraigH


    Mar 21, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    For the superwides, I really like the Sigma 10-20 over the rest, but the 10.5 f2.8 fisheye is a wonder. I just bought mine a few days ago, so don't have much yet to show for it, but it's a lot of fun and tack sharp.


  14. I might have to get the 10.5 sooner than later. Just love the effect and the lens seems to be really fun.
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